BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

Remembering Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

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Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune became a world-renowned educator, civil and human rights leader, champion for women and young people, and an advisor to five U.S. presidents. The founder of Bethune-Cookman University is captured in photographs taken on campus in 1943 by legendary photographer Gordon Parks. In the top right photo, she prepares to turn over her office to James Colston, who succeeded her as the school’s president. In the bottom left photo, she bows her head while listening to a chorus sing “The Lord’s Prayer’’ during a chapel service. Before retiring each night, she read from the Bible. (COURTESY OF LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

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